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It’s Friday and many are buzzing about potential $328 roundtrip first class tickets to Hawaii…nothing could be better, right?! Well, in theory that is 100% correct. There are now some updates on the cheapo Hawaii tickets that I want to make sure you are aware of. I mentioned this deal in a post last night after reading about it on Online Travel Review (which is a site I recommend adding to your list, if you haven’t already). I pointed out that I was going to be waiting and watching closely to see what develops before doing anything. The deal sounded legit and fantastic, but I am a bit conservative, and like to see some reports of actual success before opening up my wallet.
It sounds like the deal still works in theory, and in fact OTR has posted about a way to bring the price even lower, however it doesn’t sound quite as straight-forward as it appear upon first glance last night. Head to OTR for all the details, but the highlight is that Icelandair Saga Club posted a comment on his very popular post from last night that says:
Thank you for your interest in our Program but due to heavy load on our Call Center we just wanted to clear a few things:
1) Availability on Alaska Airlines is limited and seats for Hawaii for the coming monts are not available in our systems (agent checked just over a minute ago).
2) Availability is controlled only by Alaska Airlines and not by Icelandair.
3) Registration in the Saga Club is under Construction and can therefore take a longer time again also due to heavy load on our Call Center.
5) Miles expire in the end of the fourth year from they were earned.
We hope that answers some of your questions,
With best regards,
The Icelandair Saga Club
Major props to them for going to the source of all their new calls for tickets to Hawaii and sharing some information! However, point #1 is the concerning one. There is availability at the low level on Alaska Airlines website, but apparently that doesn’t mean that availability is bookable with Icelandair miles. Typically (but not always), if there is low-level award availability on one site, then you can book that via a partner airline with miles. The good news is that it seems that everything else that Online Travel Review shared is correct, so in theory this still works. However, the trick will be getting some mythical availability.
Yesterday OTR was able to confirm some availability from the West Coast to Hawaii, so I’m not sure what has changed since then. However, unless there is a further update in terms of availability being more transparent or available, I will be passing on this deal. At least you have four years to use your miles if you jumped in right away! Hopefully something would become available during that time. Keep your eyes peeled at Online Travel Review if you want more updates on this possibly-potentially-maybe-almost-could be-great deal!